Wright State University Staff Council Minutes
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The WSU Staff Council met on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm, in Room 248 University Hall.
Present: Council Members: Rob Boley, George Collins, Lena Friend, Mary Healea, Joanie Hendricks,
Fran Keeley, Jacqueline Neal, Vickie Slone, and Chris Wydman
Convener: Albert Bondurant
Guests: Vicky Davidson, Associate VP, Facilities Planning and Development
Tamara Jones, Director Employment Services and Human Resources Operations
Keith Ralston, Associate VP, Budget Planning & Resource Analysis
Bill Rickert, Associate Provost
Tom Sudkamp, Faculty President and Professor and Chair, Computer Science & Engineering
1. Post-Separation Agreement Status
a. Final Numbers
Tamara Jones said there were 117 employees who signed up for the Early Separation Agreement. Those who left between April and November 2009 included six faculty members, 24 classified and 24 unclassified staff. They will begin receiving their payout in January 2010.
b. Financial Savings as a Result
Keith Ralston said that to balance the budget, a reduction of $12M was needed. It is estimated that the 117 vacant positions resulting from the early separation agreement could save $3M, but the actual savings won’t be known until all decisions have been made regarding which of the vacated positions will be filled.
c. Breakdown with Classification
Tamara distributed a list of unclassified and classified positions impacted by the Employee Severance Plan, showing job titles and pay grades (attached). Several of the positions have been filled by employees whose jobs were abolished. All of these employees whose jobs were abolished have been placed.
2. University Budget Status
The enrollment for Fall Quarter 2009 exceeded expectations, resulting in increased revenue. The university had already sent out financial aid award notices for $3-3.5M to students for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). The State subsequently reduced this level of support. The university is honoring the awards through allocation of general university funds. The university will receive .5% less State Share of Instruction funding, which amounts to $500,000 to $600,000.
3. Potential for Raises for Classified and Unclassified Staff
The university is considering a 2% salary increase on the first $50,000 of pay for non-unionized employees effective January 1, 2010. This would amount to approximately $2M. The decision has not been made yet, pending possible funding reductions from the State of Ohio.
4. Conversion to Semesters
Tom Sudkamp said the conversion from quarters to semesters by 2012 is required by the State of Ohio for all state universities. A 14-week semester calendar with 70 instructional days has been approved for WSU.
The Infrastructure Sub-committee of Faculty Senate has been working on changes such as:
Recently, there was a state-wide Semester Summit at WSU with over 400 people attending.
Some of the activities coming up are:
5. Capital Projects
Vicky Davidson distributed a list of current projects which include:
Vicky then distributed the next six-year Capital Plan for the Dayton Campus (attached).
6. President’s Awards for Excellence under Staff Council
This committee is now a subcommittee of Staff Council. They had a wrap-up meeting on November 9 and agreed that the system works well as it is. The one change is that two, instead of three, letters of support are required with the nomination letter for the award. The committee plans to work on publicity for the awards with more information about them online. The past co-chairs, Joanie Hendricks and Chris Wydman, will stay as co-chairs for 2009-10. The current members are invited to stay. If they need new members, they will be chosen equally from CSAC and USAC
7. Possible Involvement with ‘Helping Hands’ Project
Curt Pederson plans to meet during the break with reps from Faculty Senate, Classified Staff, and Unclassified Staff.
8. Innovation Day: Re-cap/Feedback
Bill Rickert said that Innovation Day held at WSU was a major event acknowledged by the Governor and attended by numerous politicians and area leaders. It involves creating a Center of Excellence on human-centered innovation that will involve a large number of faculty and staff from across the university, including business, engineering, medicine, nursing, and psychology. The WPAFB BRAC Commission will provide funding as well as WSU. It will be a key place for studying how human beings react with technology, and is expected to bring jobs to the Dayton area.
Lena Friend was introduced as the new Chair-elect of CSAC and new member of WSU Staff Council.
Albert Bondurant said that Curt Pederson and Chris Wydman met with Robert Sweeney, Executive Vice President for Planning and Secretary to Board of Trustees. They discussed the many changes happening at WSU due to the number of deans leaving and the conversion from quarters to semesters. They invite input from staff about possible reorganization and other efficiencies. Send ideas to Joanie Hendricks, Curt Pederson, Vickie Slone, or Chris Wydman.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 pm. The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2010.